In the medical profession, we use a term ‘Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified’ (EDNOS) as a catchall for anyone who displays eating disorder like symptoms or thought patterns but who doesn’t meet the diagnostic criteria for the major disorders Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Not all eating disorders sufferers fit neatly […]
Many teachers that I’ve worked with have felt that helping pupils with eating disorders was either beyond their remit, or something they felt totally unqualified to do. I feel strongly that school staff are in an excellent position to spot and support eating disorders and that with appropriate training, teachers and other school staff can […]
One thing that never fails to shock me is the general attitude towards binge eating disorder. I’ve heard all manner of very negative aspersions cast which generally all point towards the idea that someone suffering from binge eating is simply lazy and fat and that if they wanted to change they could. Well, here’s a […]
These days, dieting is so commonplace that it’s often accepted as the norm rather than the exception. So if you’re a teacher, or a parent at what point should you be concerned that your pupil or child is suffering from an eating disorder rather than just dieting along with all their peers?
I thought it would be helpful to dispel a few urban myths about eating disorders which you likely come up against often. Perhaps you’d like to leave a comment with some of your own too?
Collaboration between school and parents can result in very positive support for pupils with eating disorders. How can we maximise that relationship?
June Alexander’s memoir – “A girl called Tim” is proof that with perseverance it is possible to beat an eating disorder. A great read for sufferers – current or recovered and their families and friends.
If you’re worried that a pupil might be developing an eating disorder but aren’t sure what to do next, here are my tips for working out what to do.
Bullying, teasing and even innocent jokey comments can trigger and fuel eating disorders. This post shares some ideas about how you could approach these issues.
An effective eating disorders policy can ensure that students causing concern don’t ‘fall through gaps’: “A boy in year 10 was suffering badly from anorexia and ended up in A&E – when staff were debriefed several of us realised that although we were very concerned about him, we had all assumed someone else was dealing […]